Geological Excursion Guide to the North-West Highlands of Scotland
Edited by Kathryn M. Goodenough and Maarten Krabbendam
Publisher: NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing, in association with Edinburgh Geological Society
ISBN 13: 978-1-905267-53-8
Illustrations: 115 color
Dimensions: 8 1/4" x 6"
For the serious hiker, geologist, and the intrepid tourist, the Northern and West Highlands of Scotland offer some of the most varied geology and spectacular scenery in Scotland - and in all of Europe.
This well illustrated companion to An Excursion Guide to the Moine Geology of the Northern Highlands of Scotland (below) describes a zone formed 430 million years ago, when England and Scandinavia collided with Scotland, This was during the mountain-building event known as the Caledonian Orogeny that produced the Caledonian Mountain chain. The rock sequences that were faulted and disrupted are along the Moine Thrust Belt.
The guide describes the bedrock geology from Ullapool northwards, including many classic localities in the Thrust zone and its foreland. The area covered largely corresponds to the North-West Highlands Geopark.
Although new roads and bridges have been constructed, the dramatic landscape of the North-West Highlands of Scotland remains remote. This guide describes the bedrock geology from Ullapool northwards, including many classic localities in the Moine Thrust zone and its foreland. The area largely corresponds to the North-West Highlands Geopark. In preparation for this edition, a large team was assembled to provide up-to-date interpretations of the structural relationships, sedimentology, and metamorphic history. The 16 excursions vary from roadside stops to full-day mountain walks over rough terrain, with weather liable to sudden change. Advice is given on access, and on local accommodation and transport.
Kathryn Goodenough and Maarten Krabbendam have been working on the geological survey of the North-West Highlands for a decade. They and their colleagues have produced new 1:50,000 scale geological maps for the area described in this guide, as well as writing a range of scientific papers and other publications about the geology of this region.
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